In 2019, GRAMMY-nominated trio Above & Beyond briefly stepped away from the noisy world of dance music.
The result was 'Flow State': 17 ambient and piano-based compositions. A reaction to the stress of touring life and described by the band as "music tools for yoga, mindfulness and mental fitness", 'Flow State' was picked up by global mental health phenomenon Calm, featured in The Times and NME and had extensive radio play on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM. 'Flow State' yoga sessions were hosted in 17 cities around the world in collaboration with New York-based yogi Elena Brower and the DAYBREAKER community.
Fast-forward two years and 'Flow State' music can be found in the world's biggest yoga and mindfulness playlists on Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and Spotify and has been streamed over 70 million times.
The Flow State phenomenon continues on ‘Flow State: Healing With Nature’, a new pack of meditation tools and ambient field recordings designed to elicit a deep state of relaxation and calm.
After months of lockdowns and isolation, many of us have felt overwhelmed as we begin to return to social life. Meditation practice can offer a great opportunity to centre ourselves. - Paavo Siljamäki of Above & Beyond
At the center of this new release is an extended, half-hour original piano piece set to an archival talk by Elena Brower where she discusses the process and benefits of meditation practise. Recorded in a single take, this hour of original music is an entirely improvised, live musical response to Elena’s words.
The EP also includes four ambient soundscapes recorded in the forests of Finland.
We hope you find Elena’s talk inspiring, and enjoy these meditative ambiences. See which meditation feels good for you, and transport yourself to mother nature for a short time each day. - Paavo of Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond ‘Flow State: Healing With Nature’ is available 17 June 2021 on Anjunabeats.
'Flow State' is a 49-minute panoramic journey of ambient compositions and warm, neo-classical soundscapes that offer moments of meditative calm in these busy and often overwhelming times.
A break from the anthemic dance sound that swept Above & Beyond's 'Common Ground' LP to #3 in the Billboard Album Charts in 2018, 'Flow State' is the culmination of a journey which began at Burning Man in 2014.
A chance encounter on the Playa led to a spontaneous sunset yoga set on the infamous Robot Heart stage, guided by renowned yogi Elena Brower. A magical and spiritual experience for those present, it inspired Above & Beyond to begin opening their biggest global gigs with yoga sets, creating transformative experiences for 25,000 strong crowds at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington and Huntington Beach, California. The original Burning Man yoga set has subsequently gone on to amass over 2 million streams on Soundcloud.
As the band began writing more original music for these yoga sessions, the seed for "Flow State" was sown.
"Our music has always been about getting in touch with, and understanding and accepting our emotions. After those amazing yoga sets, we realised that there is a bigger place for this more reflective music within our little universe," explains Above & Beyond's Paavo Siljamaki. "With the Flow State project, we want to help bring people's attention and focus towards helping themselves find better mental fitness and overall happiness in life," adds Siljamaki. "Through raised awareness, being more present, one can reach a state of flow: a creative and free state of mind where time, fear and stress dissipate."
To long-time fans of Above & Beyond, this new album will come as no surprise; quieter moments have always been essential components of their chart-topping electronic albums. Alongside 14 new compositions, 3 of the band's classic ambient works are remastered for 'Flow State', including the iconic 'Sun In Your Eyes', a track currently given a new lease of life via DJ support from tastemakers such as Jamie XX.
Designed to be experienced in its entirety, the LP rewards complete, focussed listening and encourages a headspace where the journey becomes the destination - extending a canon that includes Brian Eno's 'Music For Airports', KLF's 'Chill Out' and The Orb's 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld'.
In addition to the 49 minute journey, Elena Brower leads a 13 minute life-affirming talk set to the music from Flow State. The band and Elena hope it aids in the journey towards self-acceptance. "Flow State is about the subtlest, innermost conversation, trusting ourselves, and looking inward for acceptance. That acceptance of our own humanity is an experience of Flow State. It's a profoundly peaceful space for listening and healing."
A new series of spoken word meditations, set to music from 2019's 'Flow State' album.
Better known for their awe-inspiring live shows and army of diehard fans, GRAMMY-nominated trio Above & Beyond briefly stepped away from the noisy world of dance music last year, penning 17 original ambient and piano-based compositions. A reaction to the stress of touring life and described by the band as "music tools for yoga, mindfulness and mental fitness", 'Flow State' was picked up by global mental health phenomenon Calm, featured in The Times and NME and had extensive radio play on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM. 'Flow State' yoga sessions were hosted in 17 cities around the world in collaboration with New York-based yogi Elena Brower and the DAYBREAKER community,
Fast-forward eight months and 'Flow State' music can be found in the world's biggest yoga and mindfulness playlists on Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and Spotify and has been streamed over 50 million times. The album was accompanied by a spoken word meditation piece from Elena Brower; self-empowering words for troubling times.
Today, the band share a new series of Flow State meditations in partnership with Elena Brower and three other inspiring women from around the world.
Elena Brower has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages; her second book, Practice You: A Journal, is a bestseller. Elena met Above & Beyond on the playa at Burning Man in 2014, where the seed that became Flow State was first planted. Her Practice You Podcast is beloved globally and her practices can be found at Glo.com.
Hong-Kong born ChauKei Ngai has been teaching yoga around the world since 2006. In 2013, she won the prestigious International Yoga Sports Federation Championship, the world’s largest international yoga competition with participants from over 25 countries. In 2018, she joined Above & Beyond for a live 'Flow State' yoga session in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong, attended by over 1000 people.
After working as a professional model for 10 years, Veronica Blume slowed down, moved to Ibiza, started practising Kundalini Yoga and went on to open her dream yoga studio, The Garage in Barcelona. The Garage closed its doors right before lockdown and Veronica is now focusing on building her community through a new podcast, 'El Camino De Vuelta'.
Hanan Alshehri hosts yoga events and retreats both Arabic and English languages in Saudi Arabia, India, Bali and Turkey. She created the first legal yoga retreat in Saudi Arabia and is getting ready to launch an online platform for yoga and meditation in the Arabic language.
- 1 Homecoming (Spoken Word with Elena Brower) 1:45 Buy
- 2 Strength From Inside (Spoken Word with Elena Brower) 3:24 Buy
- 3 Rotation (Spoken Word with Elena Brower) 1:56 Buy
- 4 Ebb and Flow (Spoken Word with Elena Brower) 3:21 Buy
- 5 Great Falls (Spoken Word with Veronica Blume) 2:32 Buy
- 6 Night Light (Spoken Word with Veronica Blume) 2:03 Buy
- 7 Don't Leave (Spoken Word with Veronica Blume) 2:26 Buy
- 8 Slow Buchla Sunshine (Spoken Word with Hanan Alshehri) 3:43 Buy
- 9 Energy (Spoken Word with Hanan Alshehri) 2:59 Buy
- 10 Reflections (Spoken Word with ChauKei Ngai) 3:21 Buy